This week, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) joined Comcast to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to support the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment (SAVE) Outreach Team. The two PSA’s, feature DVS employees Kevin Lambert and Viviana Marcotte, both veterans of the war in Iraq. The PSA’s started airing throughout the greater Boston area and will continue airing on dozens of cable networks throughout 2014.
In Massachusetts, the SAVE program advocates for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. With a primary mission is the prevention of suicide and mental health distress, the SAVE program identifies issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively provides critical access to benefits and services that can address these issues. The result is more positive transitions back to civilian life, and a hopeful and self-sufficient future.
The SAVE team is comprised of recently returned veterans and family members of veterans. Outreach coordinators focus on community advocacy, suicide prevention, mental health awareness and referrals. These men and women bring their personal experiences to their work responding to the myriad of needs of veterans and their families. Using peer-to-peer interaction and support to meet with veterans and their families out in the community, outreach teams bring the resources directly to veterans in their communties.
Comcast has been a tremendous supporter of DVS and its programming for several years. In the past, we have collaborated with Comcast on considerable veteran content to its Get Local On Demand options in Massachusetts and they have provided significant coverage of DVS’ innovative support programs including MassVetsAdvisor.org and the Women Veterans Network.
To learn more about the SAVE program or other services for veterans and their families go to www.mass.gov/veterans.
Promoting Inclusion and Bringing About Social Change posted on Mar 10
On March 6, 2017, I had the opportunity to participate in a unique event at the Massachusetts State House, where Governor Baker issued a proclamation to establish this week, March 6 – 11, as BlindNewWorld week. These six days are dedicated to raising awareness across …Continue Reading Promoting Inclusion and Bringing About Social Change
DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program posted on Feb 23
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) announced that the New England Aquarium joined the list of more than a dozen top educational and cultural institutions statewide that offer free or reduced access. DTA’s Cultural Partnerships provides individuals and families an opportunity to visit partnering institutions …Continue Reading DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program
Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire posted on Feb 17
If you tried, you probably could hear a pin drop in the room. On a February evening, during a special visit to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Metro Pre-Trial Detention Unit, nearly a dozen young men sat attentively and completely absorbed in the words …Continue Reading Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire